Web Developer by Day, Coder by Night

Founder of Code Like a Girl, Ally Watson works for Melbourne digital agency Deepend. Ally has a degree in computer science from Glasgow University in Scotland.

Growing up in Airdrie, Scotland, my big dream was to get into Art School, however after years of rejections I decided to give something else a go and enrolled in Computer Science.

After six months, I was hooked. Studying Interactive Systems, my creative side became a real strength. I realised humans play a huge part in programming. There’s so much psychology involved, from picking a particular button to choosing layouts, the design element is crucial to the user experience. I became inspired by this marriage of creativity and science as well as the intellectual excitement of computer science.

By day I work on creative online projects, coding websites at the agency. My evenings and weekends are devoted to ‘Code Like a Girl’, which provides girls with the support, tools and knowledge to enter and flourish in the world of coding.

First and foremost, mathematics is about problem solving, this makes it a great foundation for budding programmers. Working as a web developer touches on basic maths such as using equations and formulas, but more complex areas of programming like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning requires a much deeper mathematical understanding. That’s why maths is great for everyone, no matter what your skill level.

Ally Watson is an ambassador for the CHOOSEMATHS Careers Awareness Campaign

choosemaths.org.au

Web Developer by Day, Coder by Night
CHOOSEMATHS is a joint initiative of the Australian Mathematical Science Institute and the BHP Billiton Foundation.
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